Fay Ray: Body Beach

February 14 – March 13, 2013

Press Release

Light & Wire Gallery is pleased to present a project by Fay Ray titled Body Beach. For the exhibition, Ray has made a series of animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) images that are built by using a number of image frames in succession to form an infinite loop. The project begins with 5 animations and will increase in number every week during the exhibition. This series continues Ray’s ongoing work with objects derived from nature that push the limits of a viewer’s threshold of space. Referencing the body and consumption, Ray’s animations mine a sense of fragility and deterioration that build a psychological edifice around natural and synthetic elements.

Ray’s recent body of paintings and sculptures were composed with a variety of found objects– woven baskets, shells, palm fronds, leather, and porcelain, that were applied to large pieces of unstretched canvases, making them feel sculptural to the point that they could fall off the wall and back onto the floor where they were created. This same logic informs Ray’s animated GIFs. This time, her objects are placed at the mercy of the sea and of the sand, exposing them to elements, being tugged, covered, and swallowed. Despite their continuous attempt to emerge, and possibly be liberated,  the nature of the GIF lends the images an absurd quality– a strange anthropomorphic psychosis that borders on humor or perhaps even insanity. We ask that you visit Light & Wire Gallery to see the show.

Fay Ray is an artist based in Los Angeles. She recently has exhibited at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; LAXART, Los Angeles; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, among others. She received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, and her MFA from Columbia University in 2005.